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Community Newsletter | May 2024

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New!! Play and Grow Drop-in Group

Connect with other parents and share the joys and challenges of parenting. Play and Grow is designed for parents/caregivers along with their babies and is facilitated by Help Me Grow Nurses and Perinatal Support-WA Resiliency Specialists. This one-hour drop-in group has songs, playtime with baby, and discussions on development, feeding, sleep, and other related topics. No registration is required!

WHEN: Thursdays at 11am

WHERE: Heartwood House, 2136 Highway 20, Sedro-Woolley

COST: Free

Overdose Response

Everyone deserves to be safe and know how to keep the people they care about safe too. Find out how to recognize and effectively support someone experiencing an opioid overdose in a short online training for anyone age 16+. Ways to access free naloxone (AKA Narcan) are provided. 


Thursday, May 23 | 3 pm

-onday, June 3 | 11 am 

  • Tuesday, June 11 | 12 pm 

WHERE: Online


Learn more & register here

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) 

Suicide is one of the most preventable types of death, and we all have an important role to play. Like CPR, we can learn and practice skills that allow us to maintain a chain of survival. The proven steps of QPR - asking directly about suicide, persuading someone to accept help, and referring them to trusted resources – are taught in a short online course available to anyone age 16+. 


-Tuesday, May 28 | 5:30 - 7 pm

-Thursday, June 6 | 10 – 11:30 am

-Friday, June 14, | 11:30 am – 1 pm 

WHERE: Online


Learn more and register here

American Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED Training 

Learn lifesaving skills with our expert instructor! This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize and respond appropriately to cardiac, breathing, and other first-aid emergencies. Upon completion, a certificate that satisfies most OSHA-mandated job requirements, workplace, and other regulatory requirements will be issued (good for two years). 

WHEN: Saturday, June 1 | 9 am – 1 pm

WHERE: Cedarwood Center | 2100 Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley

AUDIENCE: Community members age 12+ interested in learning, or updating their CPR, AED & First Aid training.

COST: $100 (a discounted price of $80 is available for households receiving benefits such as Basic Food, WIC, Apple Health) 

 Learn more and register here

Adult Mental Health First Aid

Each May, we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month. By learning how to support people when they are experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis, you can #BeThe1To make a positive difference for mental health in our community. Learn the five-step action plan for Mental Health First Aid in a convenient hybrid course. Work independently for two hours online and then learn from a certified instructor in-person at the Heartwood House on the hospital campus.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 25 | 9am – 4pm 

COST: Cost: $35* - includes materials and lunch for in-person course | *scholarships available 

Learn more and register here

Introduction to CPR Training

If you care about your family and community, this class is for you! Designed for people who do not need a CPR certification card for work or school, this training teaches people to perform adult and infant CPR and first aid. Learn from an experienced trainer in a low-pressure setting. This course is open to anyone age 12 and up and provides the knowledge needed to respond to an emergency and help save a life.

WHEN: Friday, June 7 | 9 am – 11:30 am 

WHERE: Cedarwood Center | 2100 Hospital Dr., Sedro-Woolley

COST: $30

Learn more & register here

Babysitter's Training Class

Young people interested in learning how to responsibly care for children and infants can take part in an American Red Cross course right here in Skagit. This engaging (and fun!) class is a mixture of learning and activities to boost knowledge and confidence while babysitting. 

WHEN: Friday, June 28 | 9am - 4pm

WHERE: United General District 304 | 2031 A Hospital Dr, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

AUDIENCE: This program is designed for, but not limited to, youth ages 11-15

COST:  $80 (a discounted price of $60 is available for income-eligible households) 

Learn more & register here

A Decade of Building Healthier Communities Together 

On April 25, nearly 100 community members gathered at the newly remodeled Heartwood House on the hospital campus to celebrate 10 years of innovative programs focused on improving the health and well-being of Skagitonians. The event was an opportunity to recognize and honor key partners and individuals for their dedication to building a healthier Skagit County together. Click here to see photos and a list of awardees from the event.

This event marked the anniversary of District 304's operating agreement with PeaceHealth to deliver medical services, allowing us to focus on programs that improve health throughout the lifespan. Congratulations to our amazing honorees and thanks to everyone who joined us! 

Let the Adventure Begin – Trek for Treasure starts May 31! 

Join us this summer as we hike local trails, discover clues, and search for The Teardrop Pearls of Neptura! Gather your friends, family, and co-workers to form a team, choose an intensity level, and register here today! Hikes begin May 31, and registration closes June 7!

Movement for Mental Health 

Exercise can help control the symptoms of mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress, attention deficit disorders, insomnia, and other mental health conditions and challenges. All methods of movement, including yoga, strength training, and cardio exercise, have been shown as effective in research studies at managing symptoms of anxiety and depression. May is Mental Health Month - at United Fitness Center we offer a variety of services that can help you get physically fit while improving your mental health, too! 

Visit our website and see how we can help incorporate movement into your life.

Youth Got This! Regional Youth Summit 

Last month our Engaged Youth & Communities pillar hosted the Youth Got This! Summit at Camp Korey. Nearly 90 middle and high school students from nine schools gathered on April 17 for an impactful day focused on mental health, leadership development, fostering healthy relationships, conflict resolution, and drug and alcohol prevention. Ten group leaders and facilitator Solomon Masala led students as they stepped outside their comfort zones, practiced team building, and dove headfirst into what it means to lead and take care of themselves through life’s challenges.  

After attending the youth summit:  

  • 92% of students reported they learned new ways to address and resolve conflicts. 
  • 90% of students said they learned new tools they can use to set boundaries with people in their personal life. 
  • 91% of students agreed that they learned new skills to help them maintain healthy relationships. 

See You at the Market! 

The bounty of Skagit County is in full force this month! Many of our local farmers markets open in May.

  • Sedro-Woolley opens May 22 and takes place every Wednesday from 3-7pm.
  • Mount Vernon happens Saturdays 9am-2pm, starting May 18.
  • Concrete Saturday Market is 10am-2pm, May 25th-September 7th, except August 17.
  • Anacortes is open now and runs Saturdays, 9am – 2pm, through October.

After you pick up your fresh rhubarb at the market, try making this delicious Rhubarb-Apple Crisp from the Concrete Farm to School program!

Last Call for Fresh Produce Deliveries 

There is still time to sign up for weekly farm boxes from Long Hearing Farm or Viva Farms! Both farms have sliding scale pricing and accept EBT as payment. Get delicious fresh organic produce to enjoy while supporting local agriculture. Sign up soon, as farm shares begin in June.  

Tip: CSA boxes can be a great way to introduce children to new veggies! Try preparing them together -- kids are more likely to eat something they've made themselves.

Join Us For an Inspiring Breakfast 

Children’s Council of Skagit County, a program of United General District 304, invites you to the Inspire Breakfast Northwest. Join us on May 30 at The Swinomish Conference Center for an engaging morning of conversation, connection, and alignment around early childhood system work. For more information and to register, click here.  

WIC Nutrition Program Recognizes May Foster Care Month

Did you know that foster children can participate in the WIC Nutrition Program? Foster parents and family caregivers can apply for WIC benefits on behalf of the children in their care. Foster infants and children can receive WIC benefits until they turn five years old. Foster teens who are pregnant are also eligible for WIC.

United General District 304 WIC has flexible hours, including Saturday, evening, and drop-in hours, and remote options for applicants in any category. We have three locations for in-person visits in Sedro Woolley, Concrete, and Stanwood. 

Questions? Call us at 360-854-0435 or fill out our interest form here. 

Did you know you can use your Fred Meyer card to help make our programs possible? Through Fred Meyer Community Rewards, you can link your card to Foundation of District 304. Link your card in person on your next visit, or click here to do it online. Funds support classes, trainings, and programs for Foundation of District 304 at no cost to you!

Thank You!

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